Are You Sleeping? Are You Sleeping?
No Rest for the Weary
It seems like in every extended conversation I have lately, the subject comes around to sleep. It is astounding that so few people actually enjoy a full night of eight hours uninterrupted restful shut-eye. How about you? How many hours do you get? Can you fall asleep easily? Stay asleep? I wish we could blame our sleeplessness on COVID-19, but although worsened in these times, sleep problems have been nagging well before the Pandemic hit.
As integrative healthcare providers, the quantity and quality of your sleep are important to us in our assessment of you as part of your whole person. More importantly, it is important to you! Why? Read the full explanation here, but a few reasons include:
Healthy brain function and emotional well-being
Day time performance and safety
How to Get a Better Night Sleep
We know it is easier said than done, but The Sleep Foundation has some great ideas about how we can make small changes to our habits to help us catch more than just forty winks. The article is divided into four main areas:
Creating a Sleep-Inducing Bedroom
Optimizing Your Sleep Schedule
Crafting a Pre-Bed time Routine
Fostering Pro-Sleep Habits During the Day
In each category, you can find specific actions that you can take to make it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up well-rested.
In the first section on creating a sleep-inducing bedroom, there is mention of using essential oils. doTerra, our vendor of choice for essential oils has a number of articles on sleep and suggested oils associated with various health goals. Here is one article on Rest you may enjoy, but the site is full of interesting, easy to read, and informative articles.